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Capital punishment in Britain.

Catherine Hayes

History of the death penalty in Britain

Complete listings of British executions

Sarah Malcolm

The history of judicial hanging in Britain

England & Wales - 1900 - 1931 & 1932 - 1964

Jenny Diver

Timeline of British capital punishment

England & Wales 1868 - 1899 & 1837 - 1868

Elizabeth Harrard

The end of public hangings

England & Wales 1800 - 1827 & 1828 -1836

Mary Blandy

Abolition of capital punishment in Britain

England & Wales 1735 – 1799 by circuit

Elizabeth Jeffries

The reprieve system 

Scotland 1800 -1899 & 1900 - 1963

Earl Ferrers

Insanity and the death penalty

Northern Ireland 1900 -1961

Elizabeth Brownrigg

Royal Commission Reports 1886 & 1953

Southern Irish executions 1900 - 1954 & 1835 - 1899

Mary Jones

Arguments for and against capital punishment (UK)

Channel Islands and Isle of Man executions

Ann Beddingfield

Thoughts on crime and punishment

The female hanged 1800 - 1868 & 1868 - 1955

Charlotte Gardiner

Thoughts on Human Rights

The female executed 1735 - 1799

Elizabeth Taylor

Executions of children, juveniles & teenage girls

Executions at the Tower of London

Phoebe Harris

English hangmen 1850 - 1964

Hanged at Execution Dock

Sarah Lloyd

Earlier hangmen

Hanging myths and facts

Ann Hurle

The evolution of long drop hanging 19th century


Elizabeth Godfrey

The 18th & 19th century UK index page

Edith Morrey


Eliza Fenning

The death penalty in the USA.

Elizabeth Fricker

Hanged by the neck until you are dead!

Billy Bailey

Melinda Mapson

Lethal Injection with specific cases opposite

Velma Barfeld, Karla Faye Tucker, Christina Riggs

Mary Bateman

The electric chair with specific cases opposite

Toni Jo Henry, Nicholas Ingram & Judi Buenoano

Infanticide (4 cases)

The gas chamber with specific cases opposite

Barbara Graham, Robert Alton Harris, Jimmy Gray

Catherine Kinrade

Firing squad – Gilmore, Taylor & Gardner

Charlie Brooks - the first lethal injection

John Thurtell

Timothy Judy - Indiana 1981

US executions updated monthly

Jane Scott

The American female hanged

Arguments for and against the death penalty (USA)

Bel Mc’Menemy

American female executions 1900 - 2015  Bios of them

The death penalty and deterrence in the USA

Arsenic poisoners

Kentucky murders 1897 - 1936

Kentucky murders 1962 -2008

Mary Ann Burdock

Rainey Bethea - the last public hanging


The Stackpooles

Execution methods

Helen Blackwood



Elizabeth Browne

Present day and recent methods

From times gone by

Maria Manning

The process of judicial hanging

Burning at the stake

John Tawell


The garrote

Victorian child murderers (9 cases)

Lethal Injection

The guillotine

Catherine Wilson

The electric chair

Hanging, drawing and quartering

Franz Műller

Shooting and the firing squad

The Gallows Galleries

Frances Kidder

The gas chamber

The Gallows Galleries 2

Thomas Wells


Alexander Mackay

Histories of some English “hanging” prisons & places of execution

Mary Ann Barry



William Horry

Armley prison Leeds

Lancaster Castle

Frances Stewart

Beaumaris Gaol (Anglesey)

Maidstone prison

Elizabeth Pearson

Bodmin Gaol

Newgate prison 1800 - 1902

Mary Lefley

Derby’s three prisons

Pentonville prison

Selina Wadge

Durham prison

Shepton Mallet prison

Kate Webster

Gloucester prison

Strangeways prison (Manchester)

Elizabeth Berry

Holloway prison

Walton prison (Liverpool)

Margaret Walber

Horsemonger Lane Gaol in Surrey

Wandsworth prison

Phoenix Park cases


York castle prison

Louisa Jane Taylor

Places of execution 18/19th centuries

Places of execution in the 20th century

Mary Wheeler


Baby Farmers

Capital punishment worldwide

Mary Ann Ansell


Louise Masset

Overview of the death penalty worldwide in 2014

Executions worldwide updated monthly

Emily Swann

Female executions 2000 - 2015

Female hangings worldwide 1988 - 2015

The Stratton brothers

Abolition of the death penalty in Europe

Focus on the execution of women in Iran

Rhoda Willis

Last female executions in Europe

Focus on the execution of children in Iran

Edith Thompson

The situation in Commonwealth countries

Focus on executions in Kuwait

Susan Newell

Canadian hangings 1867 - 1962

Spanish executions 1812 - 1975

Louie Calvert

Nazi female war criminals

Australian executions 1870 - 1967

Ethel Lilly Major

Women executed by the Nazis


Charlotte Bryant



Dr. Buck Ruxton

Some cases from around the world

Nurse Waddingham



James McNicol

Irma Grese - Nazi war criminal

Mariette Bosch - Botswana

Margaret Allen

Juana Borman - Nazi war criminal

Angel Pui Peng - hanged in Singapore for drugs

Derek Bentley

Jean Lee - the last woman hanged in Australia

Flor Contemplacion - hanged in Singapore for murder

Louisa Merrifield

Hilda Blake - the only woman hanged in Manitoba

John Scripps - hanged in Singapore for murder

Styllou Christofi

Shahla Jahed - executed in Iran in 2010

Sandra Smith - last woman hanged in South Africa

Ruth Ellis

Olga Hepnarová hanged in Czechoslovakia

Mona Fandey - hanged in Malaysia for murder

John Vickers

Elina Zlatanova - Bulgaria’s last female execution

The Toa Payoh ritual murders in Singapore

Dennis Howard



Vivian Teed



Peter Manuel



Ronald Marwood

Links, about the author and bibliography

Guenther Podola


Francis Forsyth

Links to other interesting sites

About the author and bibliography

Victor John Terry

Book reviews


Henry John Burnett



Robert McGladdery



James Hanratty



Pascoe & Whitty



Allen and Evans